Garth Crooks: Why Liverpool star Roberto Firmino has finally come good
Garth Crooks says Liverpool midfielder Roberto Firmino is starting to look like he is worth £29m
Roberto Firmino is finally starting to come good for Liverpool, according to Garth Crooks.
The Brazil international scored twice in the Reds’s thrilling 5-4 victory over Norwich City at Carrow Road in Saturday’s early kick-off in the Premier League.
He has adapted to the pace and rigour of the Premier League quicker than most foreign players I’ve seen
Firmino’s brace took his tally to five Premier League goals in 20 top-flight games after the South American playmaker moved to Liverpool in a £29m deal from Hoffenheim in the summer.
Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Crooks believes the 24-year-old is starting to justify his big-money transfer fee after a slow start in the Premier League.
“It’s official – Roberto Firmino has come good,” Crooks wrote in his BBC Sport column.
“The Brazilian is starting to look like a £29m player at last, which is just as well, considering that’s what he cost.
“To be fair to the Brazilian, he has adapted to the pace and rigour of the Premier League quicker than most foreign players I’ve seen and in a Liverpool team that frankly is no better than when Brendan Rodgers was in charge. In fact it may have regressed.”
Adam Lallana rescued a vital win for the Reds after Sebastien Bassong had made it 4-4 in the first minute of added time.
Earlier, Firmino made the first-half breakthrough with a close-range finish before Dieumerci Mbokani and Steven Naismith overturned the scoreline.
Wes Hoolahan appeared to put the game out of Liverpool’s reach from the penalty spot after Alberto Moreno fouled Naismith inside Simon Mignolet’s area.
However, Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson scored 96 seconds later to equalise before James Milner edged the Reds into the lead with 15 minutes remaining.